MATTHEW 12:14-21 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (JULY 18, 2020)
Then the Pharisees went out, and made plans to get rid of Jesus. As Jesus was aware of their plans, he left that place. Many people followed him, and cured all who were sick. But He gives them strict orders not to make him known.
In this way, Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled: Here is my servant, whom I have chosen; the one I love, and with whom I am pleased. I will put my spirit upon him; and he will announce my judgment to the nations. He will not argue or shout, nor will his voice be heard in the streets. The bruised reed he will not crush, nor snuff out the smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory, and in him, all the nations will put their hope.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
Life is like a stage play. Acts continue until conflict arrives into a resolution or destruction. Conflict usually starts from within an envious heart that is not willing to give way to others to be recognized.
The Pharisees, who were considered as written law experts, have these insecurity feelings unto Jesus because of the way Jesus conducted His teaching duly supported by unimaginable healing miracles to those who believe in him and unto the Father. And as Jesus became aware of their plot for destruction, He chose not to have any undesirable gesture over the pursuer but instead distanced himself and made his way out from the Pharisees making no delay in responding to the needs of others.
In our time, many of the people plunging around are considered “Plastic.” They wear smiles potentially dangerous when not in sight. They are like snakes waiting for the right timing to attack unwise prey. In return, people now –a-days would likely challenge, just to prove their stance and principles which became the bonfire of a high tension life to bear on.
In this Bible reading, Jesus illustrated to us how He works his ways out of potentially dangerous and evil minded persons. And continue doing the works of mercy to those who believe in Him. While keeping no hatred to those whom he has avoided but wanted to circle his arm on them making them feel how He really loves them.
In totality, God’s mysterious love is not about being closer but about the disposition of the heart and the language of one’s emotion.